There's history here, in that my father and uncles played golf in the thirties, maybe even the twenties, and I played a little in my early teens. Was part of Arnie's Army back at Rancho. Read various golf stories and news articles, for a few years. But then, but then, I stopped paying attention for many decades. Not only that, I became anti golf as I grew to know it, for the manicured heavily watered and pesticide treated expanses they were in my surroundings, a semi arid desert, and full all out desert region.
Still, I never turned against early golf, as in back in Scotland, then and now, with links type golf.
Didn't turn against it, just paid no attention.
I wouldn't mind if they played golf in deserts if they kept the desert as desert. Now that would be a test..
I had a boss years ago that worked out some kind of greywater system rigamarole for a course, but I hardly understood it and haven't heard much about that kind of thing since. Maybe that's old hat by now and I could feel better about courses in such places.
Since it rains more often in some other places, I'm somewhat less askance at golf happening in them, but I still probably wouldn't like some of the efforts to pristinely maintain those courses, not that I've researched all that lately.
Sorry, the link isn't a direct one, though it is the url under which wiki explains links golf.
So... bored out of my tree with some other sports, I clicked on golf one day not long ago and saw this cheeky irish kid blowing out the US Open. Soon to follow was the British Open, the kind of golf I like when I like it. This oldie fellow named Clarke did very well in extremely trying conditions.
So, here I am hooked again, at least re reading about it, just like when I was fifteen.
I've followed the Bridgestone PGA tourney in Akron, Ohio, for the last two days. Lots of online noise re Tiger Woods' return, which is not my main interest. I'm interested in the younger golfers now, McIlroy, yes, but also many others, including Fowler. Some of them are such cut ups..